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Long standing member and past captain, Ken Stafford is undertaking a 60-hole challenge in aid of charity on 21 June 2021. In support of the fantastic work of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, Ken is endeavouring to complete a 60-hole Challenge, playing one hole for each year as a single figure handicap golfer. Starting at 07:30, he will walk approximately 22 miles by 20:30. Over £2,000 has already been raised for the charity which can be supported via the Just Giving link below.

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Starting out with his regular Saturday morning partner, Nick Melvin, and a novice caddie (Hannah Melvin) Ken will prove why he is a self-confessed golfing nut in an opening 24-hole game. This will be followed by 18-holes with Manchester Golf Club Vice Captain (Steve Heywood) and Captain (Gareth Clark). The Motor Neurone Disease Association is especially close Gareth’s heart as his mum, Gail, is affected by the disease.  Throughout his year of captaincy, Gareth is raising funds that are vitally important to an amazing charity.  18-holes with Paul Fergusson (who was a junior member when Ken looked after the Junior Section many years ago) will round off the day – thankfully his son, Robert, is undertaking caddying duties.

For those wondering how such a sprightly looking chap can have been a single figure golfer for sixty years, he was reduced from 14 to 9 handicap at the age of 15. Which shows what a life of golf can do for your health – or perhaps it’s just clean living! 

Anyone wishing to support the Motor Neurone Disease Association can do so via the link above. And, anyone wishing to provide morale support is welcome at the club throughout the day. as Ken says:

“Originally I hoped to raise £500 by playing a lot of the game I love in a single day. The support to date has been staggering and means a great deal to the charity, Gareth and his family. I’m incredibly touched by the messages of support – especially from Gail – and hope that anyone that fancies backing the challenge will do so by chipping-in or cheering us along.”

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